I am writing this post with help from some speech recognition software. Having fibromyalgia, my hands and arms get very tired when typing making it really difficult for me to get my work done. The pain shoots up from my fingertips all the way through my shoulders. I was working on revising an article last week, and I really think I over did it. I held off on getting any software before today because I wasn’t sure that it would really help. And it’s been frustrating as I’ve only had it for two days, and it takes a while for the software to get used to your voice and your speaking style. But I’ve written this much so far and there have been only a few mistakes. So exciting. I need to figure out how to get it to work for things other than Word processing such surfing the net etc. etc.
Did you know that this week is invisible chronic illness awareness week? I didn’t. I found out while listening to NPR Monday morning. I went to the website of the organization that is sponsoring the week, and they had some good information. I pretty much stayed away from many of the other sites that are for people with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia because it seems that a lot of people are more interested in complaining rather than support. I don’t know if that makes sense, but sometimes I just get the feeling that the people are online more to bitch about having an illness rather than thinking about how they can cope and make their lives better. But I think this site gives really good information, especially for those who are looking to figure out how to support someone they know who has a chronic invisible illness.
So check it out if you’re so inclined, and I think I’ll get back to training my speech recognition system so I can actually do some real work. I must have a funny accent or something, because it keeps getting the same words wrong 😦